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Publisher's Summary

From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens is a violent and introspective memoir that reveals not only 50 Cent's story but the story of a generation of youth faced with hard choices and very little options. It is a tale of sacrifice, transformation, and redemption, but also one of hope, determination, and the power of self. Told in 50's own unique voice, the narrative drips with raw insight, street wisdom, and his struggle to survive at all costs...and behold the riches of the American Dream.

50 Cent has sold over 20 million records worldwide. His record-breaking debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' has sold over 12 million units worldwide, with the largest debut in SoundScan history. While his sophomore effort, The Massacre, sold over 1.14 million copies in its first four days of release, he has since become the first artist to have four songs in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 since The Beatles in 1964.

His business empire includes: a record label (G-Unit Records, a division of Interscope Records), apparel/footwear ventures (G-Unit Clothing and footwear, joint ventures through the Ecko Clothing Company and Reebok, respectively), vitamin water (Formula 50, through Glaceau's Vitamin Water), watch line (G-Unit Watches, through Jacob & Co), and a video game (50 Cent: Bulletproof, through Vivendi Games). His future plans are to dominate the film and television worlds through two new G-Unit ventures in film and television...and his most prized project: the nonprofit organization The G-Unity Foundation, which aims to better the life of urban youth.

©2005 Curtis James Jackson, III, a/k/a 50 Cent. All rights reserved. (P)2005 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"The book is cool, hard and vivid, a minor classic of a genre you might call gangster rap." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 08-18-11

Very insightful

I am not a big 50 cent fan but this book definitely helped me understand him much much better. I really liked this book and found his life to be very interesting.

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Couldn't put the book down

Funny and inspiring story, perfectly voiced. Any dull moments have been left at the cutting room floor.

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Read with "The 50th Law."

After reading the 50th Law by Robert Greene and 50 Cent, this book provides a deeper look into how 50 Cent determined to live without fear and win.

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it was alright

I expected it to be a lil better .It's wasn't good as prodigy from mobb deep bio.

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Starts off shaky, then turns good

At first I had a hard time channeling 50s energy into the story because of the narrator. But then I began to associate the two things. Great story. Great narration. But they should have had 50 cent do the actual narrating.

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Getting to know 50 Cent

I feel like I've gotten to know 50 Cent the person instead of just the artist and when someone comes his way, they better come correct. I enjoyed getting to know a fellow 'Cancer'.....

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50 does nothing but keep it real In this book!

This book gets to the heart of the hood and the come up of 50 cent! :)

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  • Jacquez
  • Coral springs, FL, United States
  • 01-20-12

Good listen

What made the experience of listening to From Pieces to Weight the most enjoyable?

It's a good listen I enjoyed it

Who was your favorite character and why?

50 cent

What about Kris Ex’s performance did you like?

Kris did a good only 50 cent himself could do a better job

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It had some very fun parts in the book